Our View: Thumbs up to donors

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs up to those who keep local school districts in mind when making donations.

There is no shortage of worthy organizations that rely on the generosity of the public. It is hard to go wrong donating to virtually any of them.

Our local schools seldom are top of mind when deciding what to do with unneeded items. But, in many cases, schools are an excellent match for some of our unneeded belongings.

The Kane County Chronicle cited several examples this week of local people helping out schools, including a Sugar Grove man who donated books, a fish tank and furniture to John Shields Elementary, and a tennis-loving St. Charles family that contributed dozens of rackets to the physical education department at St. Charles East and St. Charles North.

The key is to donate items that are in good condition and serve a purpose in a school setting. That can be a long list. Call or email your local principal if you have questions about what is appropriate.

We often bemoan the substantial burden school districts place on taxpayers. Donating spare belongings is not going to drastically reverse that predicament, but any way that schools’ needs can be met without taxpayers paying the price is a win-win.

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